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The Construction of Gender Identities in Alison Bechdel’s (Autobio)graphic Writings

Rites de Passage

by Christian Ludwig (Author)
©2018 Thesis 326 Pages

Summary

This the first extensive study of the graphic narratives of Alison Bechdel, one of the most renowned and influential cartoonists and graphic novelists of our time. Over the last few decades, a wealth of publications on the growing medium of graphic fiction has become available. The contribution of this volume to this body of work is to explore Bechdel’s oeuvre from her earlier cartoons to her contemporary full-length graphic memoirs, particularly chronicling her formative years. Employing a number of case studies from Bechdel’s work, this publication shows how Bechdel plays with the medium-specific characteristics of graphic narratives in order to trace back the complex relationship with her parents and the development of her own gender identities.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgement
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Excursus: Comics in Foreign Language Learning
  • 2.1 Research on the Effects of Using Comics in Foreign Language Learning
  • 2.2 Comics as an Authentic Learning Resource
  • 2.3 Cultural Dimensions of Foreign Language Learning
  • 2.4 Identity Construction
  • 2.5 Gender in the Foreign Language Classroom
  • 3. Theoretical Chapters
  • 3.1 Intertextuality in Graphic Fiction
  • 3.1.1 Intertextuality
  • 3.1.2 Interpictoriality
  • 3.2 The Reconstruction of Identities in Comics in the Light of an Evolving Queer Comics Culture
  • 3.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 3.3 Graphic Autobiographies
  • 4. Case Studies
  • 4.1 Dykes To Watch Out For (DTWOF)
  • 4.1.1 Content and Main Characters of Dykes To Watch Out For
  • 4.1.1.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.1.2 The Cartoonist’s Introduction to The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For
  • 4.1.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussion
  • 4.1.3 Selected Comic Strips From Dykes To Watch Out For
  • 4.1.3.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.1.4 The Bechdel Test
  • 4.1.4.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.2 Graphic Memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
  • 4.2.1 Case Study Diary Keeping
  • 4.2.1.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.2.2 Case Study: Car Ride Scenes
  • 4.2.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.2.3 Case Study: Television
  • 4.2.3.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.2.4 Case Study: Theatre Plays
  • 4.2.4.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.2.5 Case Study: Photographs
  • 4.2.5.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.2.6 Case Study: Mirror Images
  • 4.2.6.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.3 Other Graphic Narratives by Alison Bechdel
  • 4.3.1 What I know about … being an Oppressed Minority Cartoonist
  • 4.3.1.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.3.2 Portrait of My Father
  • 4.3.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.3.3 The Power of Prayer
  • 4.3.3.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 3.3.4 My own private michigan HELL
  • 4.3.4.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.3.5 My Old Flame: gradual impact
  • 4.3.5.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 4.3.6 Fun Home! The Musical!
  • 4.3.6.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions
  • 5. Conclusion
  • References
  • Series Index

Christian Ludwig

The Construction of Gender Identities in Alison Bechdel’s (Autobio)graphic Writings

Rites de Passage

The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Ludwig, Christian, 1981- author.

Title: The construction of gender identities in Alison Bechdel’s (autobio)graphic writings / Christian Ludwig.

Description: Frankfort am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2017. | Series: Anglo-amerikanische studien ; vol 52 | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2017023138 | ISBN 9783631673645

Subjects: LCSH: Bechdel, Alison, 1960---Criticism and interpretation. | Gender identity in literature. | Queer theory. | Biography as literary form. | Graphic novels--History and criticism.

Classification: LCC PN6727.B3757 Z75 2017 | DDC 741.5/973--dc23

LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017023138

Zugl.: Duisburg-Essen, Univ., Diss., 2015

D 465

ISSN 0177-6959

ISBN 978-3-631-67364-5 (Print) · E-ISBN 978-3-653-06618-0 (E-PDF)

E-ISBN978-3-631-71318-1 (EPUB) · E-ISBN 978-3-631-71319-8 (MOBI)

DOI 10.3726/b11526

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All rights reserved.

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About the author

Christian Ludwig is Substitute Professor at the University of Education Karlsruhe (Germany). His main areas of research include learner autonomy, teaching literature, inter- and transcultural learning, as well as multimodal literacies and technology in English language teaching.

About the book

This the first extensive study of the graphic narratives of Alison Bechdel, one of the most renowned and influential cartoonists and graphic novelists of our time. Over the last few decades, a wealth of publications on the growing me-dium of graphic fiction has become available. The contribution of this volume is to explore Bechdel’s oeuvre from her earlier cartoons to her contemporary full-length graphic memoirs, particularly chronicling her formative years. Em-ploying a number of case studies from Bechdel’s work, this publication shows how Bechdel plays with the medium-specific characteristics of graphic narra-tives in order to trace back the complex relationship with her parents and the development of her own gender identities.

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement

1. Introduction

2. Excursus: Comics in Foreign Language Learning

2.1 Research on the Effects of Using Comics in Foreign Language Learning

2.2 Comics as an Authentic Learning Resource

2.3 Cultural Dimensions of Foreign Language Learning

2.4 Identity Construction

2.5 Gender in the Foreign Language Classroom

3. Theoretical Chapters

3.1 Intertextuality in Graphic Fiction

3.1.1 Intertextuality

3.1.2 Interpictoriality

3.2 The Reconstruction of Identities in Comics in the Light of an Evolving Queer Comics Culture

3.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

3.3 Graphic Autobiographies

4. Case Studies

4.1 Dykes To Watch Out For (DTWOF)

4.1.1 Content and Main Characters of Dykes To Watch Out For

4.1.1.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.1.2 The Cartoonist’s Introduction to The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For

4.1.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.1.3 Selected Comic Strips From Dykes To Watch Out For

4.1.3.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.1.4 The Bechdel Test

4.1.4.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions←5 | 6→

4.2 Graphic Memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

4.2.1 Case Study Diary Keeping

4.2.1.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.2.2 Case Study: Car Ride Scenes

4.2.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.2.3 Case Study: Television

4.2.3.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.2.4 Case Study: Theatre Plays

4.2.4.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.2.5 Case Study: Photographs

4.2.5.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.2.6 Case Study: Mirror Images

4.2.6.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.3 Other Graphic Narratives by Alison Bechdel

4.3.1 What I know about … being an Oppressed Minority Cartoonist

4.3.1.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.3.2 Portrait of My Father

4.3.2.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

4.3.3 The Power of Prayer

4.3.3.1 Suggestions for Classroom Discussions

3.3.4 My own private michigan HELL

Details

Pages
326
Year
2018
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631713181
ISBN (PDF)
9783653066180
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631713198
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631673645
Language
English
Publication date
2019 (January)
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2018. , 325 pp., 205 fig. b/w

Biographical notes

Christian Ludwig (Author)

Christian Ludwig is Substitute Professor at the University of Education Karlsruhe (Germany). His main areas of research include learner autonomy, teaching literature, inter- and transcultural learning, as well as multimodal literacies and technology in English language teaching.

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